John Canning, Nick Freeman and Bill Rouse of the ATRAES group have all undertaken extensive training in the art of rope splicing and are all “factory trained and certified” splicers of Yale Cordage Arborist ropes. John and Bill have recently returned from their annual visit to Yale Cordages head office/manufacturing facility in Maine USA. Whilst there they spent a week in Yales rigging department learning all aspects of splicing Yale’s XTC 16 Strand climbing line, Double Esterlon double braid bull ropes, and Yalex 12 strand hollow braid which is used to make Whoopie Slings and can also be used as a bull rope. Scott successfully completed his certification by correspondence, the testing of his splicing was overseen by John and Bill and we are pleased to say that all three passed with flying colours. In addition Scott also undertook successful certification of Yales high tech fibres.
John says that it is important that the customer doesn’t get second best, particularly when splicing life lines. To be backed by factory training and have an internationally recognized qualification in this area is very important. “Peoples lives are hanging off your splice, so it is critical that you know what you are doing”.
Also, being able to splice “in house” offers us the ability to customize to customers requirements, Atraes splicers can splice any length of rope, as well as make double eye, single eye, and adjustable length Whoopie slings to the exact length that the customer requires.
All Atraes splices are tagged with customer details, serial number date of manufacture and product details to provide the customer with all the information they need regarding the splice” For that matter they can include on the tag any information the customer requires, eg type of rope and length, customer phone number etc. Another feature of all Atraes splices is the Yale Whiplock”. The Yale Whiplock is a form of stitching which whilst not increasing the strength of the splice provides other vital features. It will help prevent the splice from creeping (working it’s way out). It also is a handy indicator to tell if the splice has been overloaded. The Whiplock will always pop before the splice fails, so if you have a splice where the whiplock has popped it is time to cut the splice off and retire the rope. If your Yale splice isn’t whiplocked, don’t use it.
The reason Atraes undertook the Yale splicing program was so that we could offer our customers that little extra service. The Atraes group of dealers have always prided ourselves on our service and are committed to continuing to offer the customer a greater choice and better service than what was previously available “It was just the next step in our program of product and service development which is aimed at improving what is currently available to the Australian Arbor Industry”.
Our Atraes splicers will continue to visit Yale’s factory on an annual basis to keep up to date with the latest splicing techniques and rope technology advancements, to make sure that we can continue to help keep you safe and up to date in the trees!